Liquor store robbed
Photo: Falls Market Liquor Store
Suspect caught on security camera at Okanagan Falls Market liquor store.
There were two armed robberies this week at liquor stores in Penticton and Okanagan Falls, both demanding cash at gunpoint.
Sergeant Penticton South Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Jason Veida said police were investigating the incident, but could not confirm a connection at this time.
The first incident occurred at 9:30 pm on Monday when a man broke into the Gables liquor store on Martin Street in Penticton and brandished a black semi-automatic pistol while demanding money. The man fled with the cash.
The man is described as standing at 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, and of slim build.
He wore a hooded black coat, a black ski mask, black gloves and black jeans.
Later, at 7:34 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered a liquor store in OK Falls Market with a black handgun and demanded money. The man fled the area with cash and two bottles of Caroline’s Cream.
The man wore black overalls, a black hoodie, a black baseball cap, and a black ski mask.
“At this time, we cannot confirm that the robberies are related, but it is certainly something we are investigating,” Vida said.
“Being an employee who has been the victim of a robbery can be very traumatic. Employees should not have to face these risks in the workplace. We ask you to consider increasing the number of times, limiting the amount of cash you keep in-house, or removing the option to pay in cash if possible, which makes your business a less desirable target. We also recommend that you avoid making deposits alone.”